Job opportunities at the LIVES Centre

Job description

The successful applicant will work under the co-supervision of the Director of CIGEV (Prof. Dr. Matthias Kliegel) and the Principal Investigator of SHARE Switzerland (Prof. Dr. Jürgen Maurer). The successful applicant will further collaborate with other members of the CIGEV, the SHARE team, and the wider team of researchers at the LIVES Centre.

Specifically, the objectives of the advertised postdoctoral position are to:

  • Coordinate and scientifically, methodologically and technically support ongoing LIVES/SHARE collaborative projects in the areas of cognition and subjective cognitive decline, health literacy, decision-making in the population 50+ or end-of-life research.
  • Conduct individual research on ageing using the SHARE database and/or related data sources.
  • Organize and support one or two interdisciplinary workshops in the areas of expertise of CIGEV and/or SHARE in the context of the new LIVES Centre.
  • Assist in the further development of a collaborative platform between CIGEV, SHARE and the LIVES Centre.

See job specification

Your qualifications


  • We are looking for a dynamic, reliable, and motivated researcher with a PhD in psychology, sociology, gerontology, demography, epidemiology, economics, nursing, public health, or other health-related field with outstanding research potential and evidence of scholarship.
  • Strong research interest in the areas of cognition and cognitive decline, health literacy, decision-making at older ages and/or end-of-life issues.
  • Strong quantitative methodological and statistical skills: Good knowledge of statistical analyses programs (e.g., STATA, R, SPSS, Python or similar software).
  • Ability to work independently as well as collaborating in an interdisciplinary and international research team: the candidate will take on the leadership of a aforementioned self-chosen and agreed upon project in the group as well as contribute to an already existing project.
  • Proficiency in English (speaking and writing) is essential; proficiency in any of the following national Swiss languages is an asset: Italian, German and/or French.
  • Research experience with the SHARE database or similar survey data is an asset.

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to plan research and organizational goals with other team members and work to deadlines
  • Good cooperative skills with other researchers and team members
  • Good communication skills, ability to keep an open-mind, ability to communicate ideas to others
  • Good organizational skills, ability to organize one or two interdisciplinary workshops

What the position offers you

The successful candidate will:

  • Be embedded in a stimulating interdisciplinary and international working environment, i.e., the candidate highly benefits from existing collaborative relationships with outstanding multidisciplinary research teams of CIGEV, SHARE, and the LIVES Centre.
  • Benefit from a rich multicultural, interdisciplinary, and dynamic academic environment: the research infrastructure and research networks of CIGEV, SHARE, and the LIVES Centre.
  • Receive compensation and work arrangements in accordance with the Swiss National Science Foundation criteria for postdoctoral researchers (salary range between CHF 82’558 and CHF 92’312). Funding of this position is for 12 months (January 2022-December 2022).

We offer a nice working place in a multicultural, diverse and dynamic academic environment. Opportunities for professional training, a lot of activities and other benefits to discover.

Your application

Deadline : 31st October 2021

Candidates retained for the second application stage for this position will be interviewed in-person or remotely during the week of November 8, 2021.

Only applications through the UNIL website will be taken into account.

Job information

  • Expected start and end date: 01.01.2022 – 31.12.2022
  • Contract length: 1 year
  • Activity rate: 100%
  • Workplace: University of Lausanne (Géopolis building) and Centre interfacultaire de gérontologie et d'études des vulnérabilités (28 bd du Pont-d'Arve, 1205 Genève)


Contact for further information

Dr. Robert Reinecke
Senior Researcher


Taux d'activité

Postdoc : 80% / Assistant.e : 100%

Titre exigé

Doctorat ou Maîtrise en psychologie ou titre jugé équivalent

Profil souhaité

  • Fort intérêt pour l'analyse de données longitudinales et multivariées provenant de recherches en psychologie, notamment du développement lifespan cognitif ; volonté de se former dans le domaine.
  • Maîtrise de logiciels statistiques
  • Langues : français (enseignement) et anglais (recherche)


  • Encadrement des Travaux dirigés des cours de Méthodologie et analyse de données du Ba. et du Ma. en Psychologie
  • Participation au service de consultation en Méthodologie et analyse de données et à l’encadrement d’étudiants


  • Assistant.e : Thèse de doctorat dans le domaine proposé
  • Postdoc : Publications dans le domaine proposé


Assistant.e : Classe 8/4 (dès CHF 66'067.- annuels à 100%)
Postdoc : Classe 14/0 (dès CHF 65'078 annuels à 80%)

Entrée en fonction

1er septembre 2022


Le dossier de candidature doit contenir :

  • CV, liste officielle des cours suivis, relevés des notes, diplômes acquis, (postdoc : aussi copies des articles scientifiques plus importants)
  • Lettre de motivation
  • Mémoire de votre recherche de Maîtrise (ou descriptif si pas encore complété) ou thèse de doctorat

A envoyer à Mme. Sandrine Amstutz (en version électronique uniquement :


Les candidatures seront évaluées à partir du 30 mai 2022 jusqu'à ce que le poste soit repourvu.

Voir l'offre d'emploi